Nests 3, 2 and 1

The Nest 3 pair have settled back well and are preparing for eggs. The male has been doing a lot of this…

One of several scrapes within 15 minutes (c) Forestry Commission England

One of several scrapes within 15 minutes
(c) Forestry Commission England

His hard work means we may well have difficulty establishing when eggs are laid – the cup deepens every day.

He'll be through the bottom soon! (c) Forestry Commission England

He’ll be through the bottom soon!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Yesterday morning into early afternoon he was mainly on a tree at the right hand edge of the view from the nestcam. The female sat on the edge of the nest for the most part. She went into the cup and called to him and over he came.

Shortly before 13.00 the male went off to fetch lunch, arriving back on the dot!

Talon trapped! (c) Forestry Commission England

Talon trapped!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Last year too he seemed to have difficulty releasing his grip. He stayed on the nest whilst the female tucked in.

Over on Nest 2 37 and White EB are developing a closer bond with a higher ratio of mating attempts being potentially successful. White EB is bringing in nest material and scraping and – importantly – is still on the nest! But it still isn’t all plain sailing. Yesterday 37 brought a small fish to the nest, mantled over it… and departed, not quite what White EB wanted.

37 takes his catch away (c) Forestry Commission England

37 takes his catch away
(c) Forestry Commission England

He brought it back within 5 minutes and White EB flew off with it. It wasn’t seen again! Later in the afternoon White EB was on the nest shouting for around 30 minutes. 37 came into view with a part eaten but still large trout. Off she went with that one too.

This is more like a White EB portion! (c) Forestry Commission England

This is more like a White EB portion!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Now Nest 1. YA and Mrs YA have been mainly absent. They have been ‘testing’ the new platform erected by the Forestry Commission not far from Nest 1 and it has gained their approval.

Nest 1 is still viable – YA and Mrs YA were behaving normally on it until very recently – and it could be taken by a male trying to establish his own territory. Blue 39 springs to mind as a candidate!

A sample of two isn’t large enough for firm conclusions. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that two pairs of ospreys who bred successfully for several years on one nest have switched to alternative sites where the only advantage is a better field of view.

Streaming from the nestcam on the new platform will happen but for the time being the focus is on nest protection.

Finally, here is the video showing part of Blue 39’s interaction with 37 – and White EB – on Saturday afternoon. Click on it to play.N2 EB thinks she'll keep out of it

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6 Responses to Nests 3, 2 and 1

  1. Cirrus says:

    Well, there was a hoohah in no mistake(two males two fish and a female). 37 must have been nonplussed except he didn’t actually try and shoo Blue 39 off the nest !

    • joannadailey says:

      Think you are right, Cirrus – 37 arrives back from hunting to find a male courting White EB – nonplussed is probably an understatement! He got rid of the impudent young osprey in the end, though.

  2. JW4926 says:

    They’re certainly keeping you busy and out of trouble. I do thoroughly enjoy your posts Joanna – thank you :-)

  3. thehutts says:

    I hope a suitable female arrives that takes Blue 39’s fancy and he can return to his natal nest to breed – if Mrs 37 were to arrive maybe EB would join him or is it too late for that to happen? Sally

    • joannadailey says:

      Mrs 37 may be able to reclaim Nest 2, it isn’t all sweetness and light between 37 and EB! If she has had a difficult migration and is out of condition it may be harder IF EB is now committed. In 2014 Mrs 37 displaced EB easily after 37/EB spent about 5 days together.

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